GROTON -- A public hearing was held by planners Oct. 24 on a proposal by Robert Kiley to build new homes on a 25-acre parcel located off Lowell and Schoolhouse roads.

Kiley is under contract for the land purchase with the estate of Rita O'Connell.

According to Kiley attorney Robert Collins, the flexible development plan calls for a subdivision of nine lots, one of which includes an existing home.

To be constructed on the eight remaining 1-2 acre lots will be five-bedroom homes with the remaining 11 acres to be deeded to the town's Water Department to help in protecting a well site on adjacent property.

To be called Chamberlains Mill, the proposed subdivision consists of a single access road leading to a rotary from which separate driveways will radiate. One driveway will be shared by a number of the new homes.

A previous hearing on the issue ended with a demand by board member Russell Burke that all trees on the property measuring more than 10 inches in diameter be marked and shown on a map. Burke was concerned that mature trees would be cut down willy-nilly during construction instead of being preserved where possible.

Collins and project engineer Stan Dillis returned with the information, a job they said took three days of tramping through the woods to complete.

Collins concluded his presentation by pointing out that his client's plan was a good one in that it not only set aside a good deal of open land for the protection of the town's drinking water, but also adhered to Groton's zoning regulations.

"This is a very good plan and a good use of our bylaw," said Collins.

Satisfied that they had all the information requested, board members voted to close the public hearing and planned to vote whether to approve the preliminary plan at their meeting on Nov. 7.